Moore Police Department's Sgt. McKale Washington is making a difference in his community with a bicycle.
Ijahi Jackson, 17, lives with his older sister and works at Crest Foods in Moore. Before Monday, he walked an hour and a half to and from work.
“I would see him walking home from work and we would just chit-chat on the way too, because I would pick him up and give him a ride to his house,” Washington said.
“It’s awesome. There is no words to describe the relationship, it’s amazing,” Jackson said.
After a few months, Washington wanted to do more for the boy who walks an hour and a half to and from work.
“If there is any kid that needs help, it’s this kid. (He's) very deserving very respectful. I was like, ‘I know I can get a bike, some way, somehow, I’m going to get a bike,'” said Washington.
“It’s all about the community we live in. If everybody could help each other that would be wonderful. If my business could help him get to and from work easier that would be great,” said Al Webb, who owns Al’s Bicycles.
Jackson looks forward to getting to work a little quicker with his new bike.
“I was like ‘oh my goodness.’ It was a shocker. I appreciate it, It was heartwarming,” he said
After graduation, Jackson wants to impact the community like his friend, Washington.
“My future goal is to go off into the military, and I want to do military police, and eventually, retire in FBI,” he said.
“I’ve grown up watching my parents do that and they’ve set a good example to me to stay in the community. I was born and raised in Moore. This is my community, and I want to stay and help as much as I can,” said Washington.
Washington and Jackson have also been working out together to get him ready for his physical test to get into the Army.